11 March 1996 - 3 December 2007
SIR JOHN GORTON
Sir John Gorton was a courageous and forthright Australian who served his
country with distinction in military service, as a Parliamentarian, a Minister,
and ultimately as Prime Minister.
Sir John served as a RAAF pilot during World War II, serving in England, Malaya
and Papua New Guinea.
After the war, Sir John was elected to the Senate in 1949 and became a Minister
Sir John Gorton was elected to the seat of Higgins in 1968, filling the vacancy
caused by the death of Harold Holt. He still has many friends and admirers who
speak warmly of him as a local Member. He took a kindly interest in his successors
and over the years I enjoyed a warm relationship with him as a successor in
the seat of Higgins. Along with many others, I appreciated his charm and humour.
In 1968, Sir John became Prime Minister.
Sir John brought his own personal qualities to the positions of office that
he held. His frank and direct approach with a touch of the larrikin was respected
and liked by Australians around the nation.
Sir John led the Liberal-National Coalition to an election victory in the 1969
He will be remembered as a passionate advocate of Australia's national interest
and a great Australian.
I extend my condolences to his widow, Lady Nancy Gorton, and to Sir John's
children and grand children.
20 May 2002